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Richard Swenson, a local sculptor who focuses on creating art from unaltered objects such as scrap metal parts found in junk yards and repair shops, displayed his work for visitors of Betty Ehart Senior Center. Featuring animal shapes such as frogs, penguins, bunnies and crabs, the display cases can be found on the second floor lobby of the center.
The central theme of Swenson’s sculptures is “The Primacy of Nature Over the Industrial Society.” Born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota, the sculptor experienced a world without electricity, running water, or indoor conveniences. His childhood world, unaltered by industrial society, focused on the relationships between man and animal, something that most children of the current generation are not likely to comprehend.
“It would be a lonesome place in this high-tech world without animals, for we are one of them,” Swenson said, in a quote that stands out within the promotional pamphlet for the display.
His work has been shown at local venues such as the New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, as well as out-of-state establishments, such as the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans.
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